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Release Date: 04/10/12
Contacts: Chris Barth, Public Information Officer    
  Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit    
  Phone: 970.240.5317 (o)    
  970.596.0430 (c)    

100% Containment on all Gunnison County Wildfires (04-10-12)

Gunnison, Colo. – On Monday afternoon, fire managers reported that the Little Henderson Creek Fire was 100% contained. The Little Henderson Creek Fire, located approximately seven miles north of Hwy 133 on CR 265, was reported on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from local fire districts, the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office and the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit (MIFMU) responded to the fire along with fire crews who had been working on suppression and containment of the MM 125 Fire. On Monday night, a type 4 engine was released from the fire. Today, a type 2 hand crew and one squad will remain on scene to continue improving the containment line and to monitor the fire.

The other three wildfires (Ohio Creek Fire, Brush Creek Fire, and MM 125 Fire) that started in Gunnison County over the weekend are also 100% contained as of Monday morning. All four wildfires have been determined to be the result of escaped ditch or slash pile burns on private lands. Residents are encouraged to be cautious with all flammable materials and agricultural burns. For information on fire restrictions throughout Colorado visit

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Fire Weather Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening for much of the western slope of Colorado due to gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels. A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Updates to the forecast may result in a Red Flag Warning. 

Fire Stats:

Little Henderson Fire: 35 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire
MM 125 Fire: 125 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire
Brush Creek Fire: 31 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire
Ohio Creek Fire: 69 acres, 100% containment, human-caused fire

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Last updated: 04-10-2012